By Dianne McGinness; contributing writer
When it comes to catching fugitives, Lakewood police detective Ryan Larson has a pretty strong track record.
He caught three Pierce County fugitives in one week, earning him the March Officer of the Month Award for the “Washington’s Most Wanted” television show on Q13 Fox.
He will receive his award at 10:30 tonight on the telecast.
Larson has a knack for finding fugitives because of his commitment to his job, said Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro.
“You just can’t say enough about that kind of dedication and vigilance,” Zaro said.
Larson’s first capture came after he and his daughter watched the Feb. 15 telecast of “Washington’s Most Wanted” and saw a report on Joseph Williams and Eileen Dilbeck.
The next day the two fugitives were behind bars after Larson spotted them at a gas station in Tacoma.
The detective was driving to a friend’s house when he pulled off the freeway to fill up his car at a South Hosmer Street station.
He saw Williams, wanted for escaping from custody while serving time for vehicular homicide, and Dilbeck, accused of interfering with a child-custody case in Wisconsin.
The two were walking out of the parking lot, toward a motel across the street.
Larson attributed his catch to recognizing Williams’ bushy eyebrows.
“Right away after they got arrested, I sent my daughter a text immediately,” Larson said. “She was probably more excited than I was because we had just seen them.”
A few days later Larson made a third arrest after he came across Dominic Johnson., who was wanted for two counts of domestic violence and one count of Unlawful Solicitation to Possess a Controlled Substance.
“I have crazy good luck like that,” Larson said. “I’m thinking I should start playing the lottery.”